AFP – The Beach Boys will sing the national anthem at the Los Angeles Dodgers home opening game next week as part of a season-long deal, the baseball club said Tuesday.
The Dodgers tie-in comes as the iconic Californian band prepares to start a 50th anniversary reunion tour later this month, which will include dates in Japan in August.
The Dodgers deal is to celebrate the 50th birthdays of both the band and the team’s iconic Dodger Stadium, and will include co-branded merchandise featuring the band’s 50th anniversary logo and the stadium’s 50th anniversary logo.
Dodgers official Tommy Lasorda said the team was “so pleased to share our golden anniversary with another California icon… Singing the national anthem any time is an honor, but especially on Opening Day.”
Lasorda said he was “looking forward to their performance” next Tuesday, which will include a song by the Beach Boys and their rendition of the national anthem on the field at Dodger stadium.
The Beach Boys — Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks — made their first reunion appearance at the Grammys in February, after announcing their 50th anniversary tour last year.
The tour will start on April 24 in Tucson, Arizona and will continue around the US in May, June and July, before three dates in August in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, Japan.
The band is also set to release a new album, and will issue a number of commemorative releases in 2012, including a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set.